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The Marcels

This Pittsburgh ensemble deserved a much better fate than being known primarily for a novelty-tinged cover of "Blue Moon." Baritone vocalist Richard F. Knauss teamed with Fred Johnson, Gene J. Bricker, Ron Mundy, and lead vocalist Cornelius Harp to form an integrated ensemble. They named themselves after Harp's hairstyle, the marcel. The group did a string of covers as demo tapes that were sent to Colpix. The label's A&R director had them cut several oldies at RCA's New York studios in 1961, one of them being "Blue Moon." They used the bass intro arrangement from the Cadillacs' "Zoom" and the result was a huge hit. It eventually topped both the pop and R&B charts, and also was an international smash. The group eventually appeared in the film Twist Around the Clock with Dion and Chubby Checker, and recorded an 18-cut LP for Colpix. Alan Johnson and Walt Maddox later replaced Knauss and Gene Bricker, making the Marcels an all-black unit. The group did score another Top Ten pop single with "Heartaches," another cover of a pre-rock single. This peaked at number seven pop and number 19 R&B in 1961. They continued recording on Kyra, Queen Bee, St. Clair, Rocky, and Monogram with varying lineups, but never again equaled their past success. ~ Ron Wynn
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Track List: Over The Rainbow

1. Blue Moon

2. Heartaches

3. Over The Rainbow

4. Summertime

5. I'll Be Forever Loving You

6. Crazy Bells

7. That Old Black Magic

8. One Last Kiss

9. Allright Ok You Win

10. Find Another Fool

11. Honestly Sincere

12. My Melanchony Baby

13. I Wanna Be The Leader

14. Sweet Was The Wine

15. Friendly Loans

16. Footprints In The Sand

17. Goodbye To Love

18. Merry Twist-Mas

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Track List: Blue Moon / Goodbye To Love (Single)

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Track List: The Best Of The Marcels

1. Blue Moon

2. Heartaches

3. One Last Kiss

4. Honestly Sincere

5. Goodbye To Love

6. Crazy Bells

7. Summertime

8. Find Another Fool

9. Over The Rainbow

10. Blue Heartaches

11. Friendly Loans

12. Sweet Was The Wine

13. Footprints In The Sand

14. I'll Be Forever Loving You

15. I Wanna Be The Leader

16. That Old Black Magic

17. Allright, Okay, You Win

18. My Melancholy Baby

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Blue moon it has be with me for a long time
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The ba ba bada... dang danga da dang...BLUUU U U E MOON really makes me giggle a bit & smile the most.
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Smiling a bit.
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Great music from the past!
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I love all these oldies. I wish it was 1955 forever .

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